Archives for February, 2009

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justin | senior portrait session in downtown tucson arizona

I had a really fun afternoon shooting Justin’s senior pictures yesterday. I felt totally inspired and jazzed about this new session and we totally rocked out some awesome images. Justin likes quite a number of different bands and probably goes to a concert once or month (or so he says) which I think is totally awesome. I only went to a handful of concerts when I was in HS . . . wish I went to more.

We headed downtown and tried a number of different places, but I think we totally nailed all of them. Justin’s sweet ride, his 03′ Mustang GT actually caused quite a stir . . . we were parked on the side of a road near a railroad line, and it didn’t dawn on me that being in front of a power sub-station was a bad thing. After about 25 minutes of photographing him and his car, a security officer came flying around the corner and yelled to us that we were not aloud to be photographing here and that it was a National Security compromise! My first thought was that this was a little far fetched . . . I was on the side of a public road, atleast 20ft away from the railroad, what could it have been? Apparently TEP or someone was watching us on the power-station cameras and called it in. The security officer was a nice fellow after a little explanation that we were not trying to photography the property . . . but it was still kind of funny in all.

Enjoy the pics! Thanks again Justin, you rocked!

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tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

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tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

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tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

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tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

tucson senior photos pictures photographer high school arizona phoenix guitar mustang awesome

BOOTH at church :)

–For some reason the password protection wasn’t working on this post and it was invisible, even after the password was entered!–

I had a fun time at my church last night for the Valentines Dance (props to the Ensigns and Shaners for the great job on organizing the party!).  I was able to bring along the BOOTH to have some fun and donate some time with the Campbell Ward.  Just thought I’d share some of the recent photos of our crazy concoction!  Please feel free to laugh :P

St. Croix, USVI Photography

Of course a photographer travels to an exotic island in the Caribbean to photograph an amazing wedding with an amazingly good-looking couple . . . and then doesn’t share the “other” pics. I do enjoy shooting landscapes, but I really just enjoyed the beauty of the island and relaxed. Of course this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph such a beautiful place that I HAD to take my big camera and take some snaps. I love doing panoramas, as you’ll see at the bottom. I do hope that these give you a glimpse of the island of St. Croix in all it’s beauty. There is a lot to see, more to learn, and even more history that made this trip so memorable to me. A big thanks goes to Mr. Bidelspacher from the east end of the island for the historical information that he so willingly shared to me, that made me better enjoy my stay . . . immensely. Can’t wait to go back!

Something special that I learned prior to coming to St. Croix was that my great-great-great grandfather lived here when he was part of the Royal Danish army.  He later moved to Illinois and thats how part of my family came to the states.  It was meant to be that I go back and visit!

This is part of one of the larger intact ruins left from the Danes.  There are many many old sugar mill plantations on the island, some preserved and some not.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This is near the pier in Fredriksted (West Island)

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Some of the Fredriksted Buildings.  The architecture on the island is beautiful, very unique.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This was taken during the “rehearsal” for Amber & Carraig’s wedding.  Killer awesome sunset!!!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This is the Rust Op Twist sugar mill.  One of the largest and very well preserved still!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

I took a snorkel tour to Buck Island, one of the most pristine beaches in the entire world (I’m not making that up either!)  JFK came to Buck island in the 60s and designated Buck Island the only National Underwater Park.  It is very well preserved and has some of the world’s best snorkeling.  I can tell you first hand it was absolutely AMAZING!  Below is the world famous “Turtle Beach”.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This was taken from our sail boat of the very very east tip of Buck Island, right where the boat ‘docked’ and where we snorkeled for an hour.  The water is really that clear, there is no magic or tricks here, it was simply that amazing!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Again, another from Turtle Beach, with a view of the north central part of the island, Christiansted.  I took a quick dive here, the water is absolutely amazing.  There were a bunch of small, clear transparent fish swimming everywhere.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

A view of the east end of the island.  Just past those hills is the eastern most property of the USA.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Here is the south east bay.  Near here is the Divi Carina Resort/Casino.  You are looking at Grape Tree Bay, and on the very left side of the pic is where we shot Amber’s bridal pictures in the old, run-down resort hotel.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

From atop a hill in the pic above you can see Isaac’s Bay, one of the less frequented beaches due to its accessibility.  On the other side of that hill is Jack’s Bay, supposed to be one of the most beautiful parts of the island.  It’s a good hike to get down there!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

One last one from the other side of Turtle Beach on Buck Island.  Amazing day to take some pics!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Get some Presetopia lovin’ today!

Quick trivia question: How many months have 28 days? Answer is in the comments :)

February is my favorite month for a number of reasons: my birthday is in february, it has the most holidays, 2 of the nation’s greatest presidents were born in this month, it is the shortest and it add’s one day in the month every 4 years. Thus, I believe it is special :) So, I’m running a super Presetopia sale today, $10 off if you use this code:  february7th

The sale only lasts today so hurry while it lasts! I also thought I’d post a few recent examples of what Presetopia can offer all you professional photographers. I get a lot of people emailing me and asking, “is it really that easy”? Yes people, it is. Just a couple of clicks and no waiting and you are on your way to some awesome processing in no time!

If you want, don’t hesitate to share the coupon with friends or the forums, it’s open to everyone!

Here we can add: “warm/purple lite, backlit curve +1, sharpen 1

First we warm this one up a bit with the white balance, then add: “warm/blue lite, curve +1, sharpen +1, red robin

This is one of our awesome combos!  Just add: Warm Punch!

Yes people, this is NO PHOTOSHOP.  Just lightroom baby!  Add: “Warm/Purple Lite, Backlit +3, Portrait Punch, Sharpen +1

Emma & Danny – Mesa & Tucson Wedding Photography

As many of you know already, Emma & Danny were married this past weekend in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple, and their reception and ring-ceremony followed afterwards in Tucson at the Westward Look Resort.  It was the first time I had been to Westward Look and boy was it fun!  The post below shows how much fun it was, if you didn’t see the photobooth madness!  It was such a pleasure working with their families, everyone was so outgoing and easy to work with!  There’s quite a buzz circling the facebook pages, gotta check it out if you have not yet!

Thanks again Emma & Danny, you guys are super awesome!

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mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

There is something about this one that I LOVE!!!

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

Check out the bling!  Beautiful ring! (ok I didn’t mean for that to rhyme)

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

One of my all time fav groomsmen shots

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

Can you see how versatile one couch can be, yet make a picture sooo sooo different?

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

My uber-cool assistant Travis grabbed this one, I love Danny’s expression!

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

Travis got this awesome detail as well . . .

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

I usually have my assistants grab candids while I setup for formal shots, they always come out better than the formals :(   But thats a good thing :)

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

Smashing!

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

The post that couldn’t wait! | Wedding Photobooth at Westward Look Resort in Tucson Arizona

So I’ve been super excited about this past weekend for a number of weeks now.  It was Emma & Danny’s wedding (a SUPER awesome couple) in Mesa and then in Tucson at the Westward Look (beautiful location).  I was able to try something new this wedding, something I just couldn’t wait for!  I don’t have a really cool name for it yet, but maybe I’ll get some collective support from all you blogstalkers out there . . . let’s just call it the ‘photobooth’ for now.  This ain’t your grandma’s photobooth, not even a photobooth by 2002′ standards, but totally wicked awesome and off the wall.

This is something new I’ll be adding to some of my packages, and as an add-on service to any current or future brides getting married!  The debut of our ‘photbooth’ was an absolute hit!!!  My assistants and I laughed our butts off and had so much fun with all the guests I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it was.  Anyway, if YOU (yes YOU) are looking for something fun and awesome at your wedding reception, this is THE way to go.  You can only get it here folks :D

It was hard to pick just a few . . . there are 30 . . . and this is just the beginning of them.  I didn’t even tell Emma & Danny to bring props, but they did and it was totally awesome!  Hope you enjoy!

***CONTEST***   I am looking for a crazy cool name for our awesome-possum photobooth.  Please leave a comment at the bottom of the post with your idea in quotes!

It was awesome to see Nate & Meagan there, one of my previous couples!

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tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

Ya, he was workin’ the wedding the entire time, it was awesome!

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

Money!

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

Emma & Danny had so many good ones, hard to say . . .

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

This one is KILLER!

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

One of the top 10 I think!

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

Oh man, this one was great, loved it!

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

It looks like the suit is going to eat him . . .

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

Hot mama!  These people came up with some totally awesome ideas

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time

Yours truly folks!

tucson wedding photography reception photo booth fun crazy awesome time